How to apply

If you’re thinking of applying for a LEADER grant, we advise you to get in touch first to confirm that you fall into the Oxfordshire LEADER area. The application for LEADER funding is a two stage process. The average time from submitting the Expression of Interest form to a successful project receiving a contract can be around four to six months.


First stage – Expression of Interest (EOI) Form

This stage is to assess the eligibility of your project.

Please send in your completed EOI form to We accept applications on a rolling basis and aim to get back to you with a decision within two – four weeks. If your project is eligible you will be invited to submit a Full Application.


Second stage – Full Application

At this stage we will need much more detailed information about the organisation and project. This will include:

  • quotes for all items of expenditure
  • financial accounts for the applicant business
  • any permissions, consents and licences required for the project such as planning permission
  • evidence to show the need and demand for the project such as market research
  • evidence of match funding
  • proof of tenancy (if applicable)
  • any relevant photographs, architect’s drawings or plans
  • evidence of the project team’s experience and capacity to deliver

Full applications will be assessed by the Decision Making Group (DMG), made up of members of the Local Action Group. We will give a deadline to submit the application which will be eight weeks in advance of a DMG meeting.

Future Decision Making Group meetings:

  • Wednesday 6 September 2017
  • Wednesday 1 November 2017
  • Wednesday 20 December 2017
  • Wednesday 28 February 2018
  • Wednesday 25 April 2018
  • Wednesday 20 June 2018



If you want to appeal an unsuccessful decision please follow the instructions on our appeals form: